Absolute record: artificial ice rink at VDNKh named world’s biggest

Absolute record: artificial ice rink at VDNKh named world’s biggest
Experts were impressed not only by the size of the skating rink but also by its infrastructure – heated changing rooms, lockers, skate rentals and cosy cafes.

The World Record Academy recognised the artificial ice skating rink at the National Exhibition of Economic Achievements (VDNKh) as the world’s biggest. With an area is 20,549 square metres, the rink can accommodate over 4,500 people at any given time.

 

Since 2008, due to a miscalculation, the artificial ice skating rink on the main square in Mexico City held the record for the world’s biggest. The World Record Academy’s relevant commission believed its size to be 32,000 square metres, although it measures only 3,080 square metres (40 x 70 metres). After the  mistake was revealed and admitted by the judges, the honourary title was conferred on the artificial ice rink at VDNKh.

Besides its size, experts also paid attention to the rink’s infrastructure – heated changing rooms, lockers, skate rentals and cosy cafes. The world’s biggest skating rink has already gathered over 64,000 visitors during the beginning of the 2016/2017 season.

The VDNKh ice rink is shaped like a golden key. It is located on the main alley stretching from the main Pavilion 1 to Pavilion 58 “Agriculture.” The ice surface covers an area of 20,000 square metres of the rink’s total 68,300 square metres.